Thousands Attend Texas A&M Memorial Student Center Rededication Ceremony

It's a celebration in Aggieland Saturday with Texas A&M reopening its most important building.

News 3 went inside the sacred space of the new Memorial Student Center.

It's the latest great landmark at Texas A&M and is known as the place to meet and is even called the living room of the university.

And now the Memorial Student Center is reopened with a Texas-sized celebration.

For students like Texas A&M Student Body President Jeff Pickering the MSC has been closed for much of the their college career.

"What a year it has been as we prepare for this day. 61 years ago today the Aggie family gathered just on the other side of this building with the laying of the wreath they dedicated this plot of land to ever be a living memorial," said Pickering.

Congressman Bill Flores told us it's a place filled with lasting memories.

"I made some of my deepest friendships and I think it's very appropriate that we are rededicating this on Aggie Muster. When we remember why this place exists," said Rep. Bill Flores, (R) District 17.

The doors are finally open here at the MSC after a little less than three years of construction. Saturday's ceremony marked 61 years since the building was first dedicated.

"It was said when we opened this building 61 years ago that it was the premier student center in the nation. I'm happy to tell you it is again," said R. Bowen Loftin, Ph.D., Texas A&M University President.

"This is not only the most important day in Aggieland this is the most important day in the State of Texas," said John Sharp, Texas A&M System Chancellor.

"You can make a good case that the Memorial Student Center is where the heart first started beating for any number of young Aggies," said Governor Rick Perry, (R) Texas.

At the heart and soul of it all is that constant reminder of the Aggie men and women who've given their lives for our country and other ways too.

"But we also give memory for those that have left us is so many different ways. And I'm vividly reminded in 1999 as I was standing just across the street as I had received a call as a part of the critical incident response team that our bonfire had fallen," recalled Ben Welch, Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Executive Education and Clinical Professor at the Mays Business School at Texas A&M.

A place to celebrate and also reflect on the spirit of Aggieland.

The entire construction project cost $125 million with $88 million being paid for by students.

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